Full name is Michael Joseph Kickham...Signed by Hugh Walker (Giants)...Graduated from Glendale (MO) High School in 2008 before attending Crowder Junior College (2009) and Missouri State University (2010)...Set MSU's singleseason strikeout record (103)...His brother, Dan, played in the DET organization.
Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee with MIA and spent the entire season with Triple-A New Orleans...Went 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA as a reliever (14 ER/32.2 IP) and 1-4 with a 4.53 ERA as a starter (27 ER/53.2 IP)...Posted a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) from 6/27-7/27...Allowed 1 run in a season-high 7.0 IP on 7/27 vs. Nashville.
Made 20 appearances between GCL Marlins, Double-A Jacksonville, and Triple-A New Orleans, combined to go 1-1 with a 3.64 ERA (43.0 ip/17 er)...Opened season on 7-day disabled list with Baby Cakes...Activated on May 19 and made first appearance on May 21 against Omaha, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit, while striking out three...Made two relief appearances for Jacksonville from May 25-29, tossing a combined 3.1 shutout innings with three strike outs...Earned promotion to New Orleans on June 2 and went 1-1 in 14 appearances...Made longest appearances on June 7 against Las Vegas, tossing 3.1 hitless innings. Allowed one run, issued three walks, and struck out four...Earned first win of season on June 19 against Sacramento, tossing 0.2 innings, allowing one hit...Recorded season-high six strikeouts on July 6 against Colorado Springs...Had second 7-day DL stint from July 25 until August 28...Made one rehab appearance with GCL Marlins on August 24, where he tossed 1.0 shutout inning and struck out two...Rejoined Baby Cakes on August 28, where he tossed two shutout appearances to close out year, striking out five over a combined 5.0 innings...Seven of his 20 appearances went for at least 3.0 innings, with 14 going at least 2.0 innings.
Posted 8-10 record with two complete games, one shutout and 3.65 ERA (145.2 ip/59 er) in 27 appearances (25 starts) between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. Innings pitched total was most since tossing 150.1 in 2014...Among Marlins farmhands, tied for organization lead in complete games, ranked third in strikeouts (119) and fifth in WHIP (1.15)...Named to Southern League Midseason All-Star team after posting 4-3 record and 2.26 ERA (71.2/18) in 13 first half appearances (12 starts)... Began season with three consecutive losses over first seven starts, despite allowing more than three runs just once...Made only relief appearance with Jumbo Shrimp on May 7 at Tennessee, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning...Followed skid with four-game winning streak over five starts from May 21-June 16. Over stretch, carried 0.55 ERA (32.2/2) and tossed four-hit shutout against Montgomery in second game of doubleheader on June 8...Tossed season-high 7.0 innings on May 21 vs. Mississippi. Equaled high on June 2 at Pensacola, June 8 vs. Montgomery and June 30 vs. Mobile...Struck out career-high 12 over 6.2 innings on May 27 vs. Jackson to earn Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors for period of May 22-28...With Jacksonville, held opponents to three-or-fewer runs in 14 of 17 starts...Promoted to New Orleans on July 19 and in nine appearances (eight starts) went 3-3 with 4.28 ERA (48.1/23)...Opened Triple-A stint with 3.1-inning relief appearance, July 19 at Round Rock...In first four starts with Baby Cakes, went 2-1 with 7.65 ERA (20.0/17). Settled in over final four starts, going 1-2 with 1.80 ERA (25.0/5).
Went 8-8 with a4.43 ERA (73 ER, 148.1 IP) in 27 starts... Tied for 4th in thePaciﬁc Coast League with 131strikeouts, 4th in starts (27) and7th in innings pitched (148.1)... Was unbeaten in 12 consecutive startsMay 25-July 24…went 6-0 with a 2.74 ERA (21 ER, 69.0 IP) and 70strikeouts during the stretch... Made two relief appearances for the World Champion Giants in September.
Made his big league debut with SF, going 0-3 with a 10.16 ERA in 12 games (three starts). Had his contract purchased from triple-A Fresno on May 28 and made his Major League debut that night in Oakland, starting in place of Ryan Vogelsong. Became the first player from the Giants' 2010 draft class to reach the Majors. Was called up to the Giants' roster on five different occasions. Went 0-3 with a 13.94 ERA (16er, 10.1ip) in three starts for SF.His 13.94 ERA (16er, 10.1ip) over his first three starts marked the highest figure that any Giants pitcher had ever posted in their first three outings in the Majors. Made nine appearances out of the bullpen, allowing 17 runs in 18.0 innings. Opponents hit .351 (46-for-131) off him with 22 extra base hits. With runners on base, his opponents average against was .424 (28-for- 66). Made 20 starts with Fresno, posting a 4.31 ERA (53er, 110.2ip) with 90 strikeouts.